Looking at the NYR schedule, they NYR don't have any prolonged road trips. The upcoming trip, and their visit to the West in early January, are their longest/roughest trips in terms of travel & # of games played.
I really believe that with their recent play, this trip is really going to help solidify this team. Now that we've got the Garden back, we need to prove to the league we're not a home only team. Unfortunately, both Straka & Cally are likely to miss the trip, but it will be very valuable for the other kids and Drury/Gomez. These road trips really force the team to work together and rely on each other both on and off the ice. Lots of time together to talk about the little things that make teammates care for each other, and want to work as hard as possible for the team.
I wish the west coast swing had actually happened early in the season, but this trip could help add that last bit of the ever elusive and mysterious team chemistry. Here's to at least 6 points in the next 4 games!
While it is a "road trip," the next game is in toronto, then they have a 3 day rest and they'll be in Jersey. Which means that they'll be home for those three days off. Then they bus to Philly, then Pittsburgh and then back home. It's not too bad of a trip.
So im looking at the standings, and a couple of things stick out..
We have played 16 games and have recovered from our slow start. The only team out of reach right now is Ottawa, who is on fire as we know.
It will be interesting to see how if the Isles can help themselves with 3-4 games in hand having only played 12 games...
We are also 6-3-1 in our last 10, which is above average.
Point to this thread is this, we are 8-2 at home, which is fantastic, but we are 0-5 on the Road, what can the Rags do to start crashin some parties outside the Garden?
To answer my own question, Im not even sure, Id like to think that this homestand helped us right the ship, and that we will just have to wait and see if they can continue the streak outside the Garden. IMO though, I think they need to be more agressive on offense to try to set the pace when they are away. I saw a lot of cross dump-ins against the Penguins, which I liked because then the other goalie is taken out of play and it lets the Ranger forwards get going and force the other team to make a solid breakout play. ... So, thoughts?
I cant even think about what to do. I mean I understand feling comfortable at home as being great. But to be this bad I dont know what it is. Maybe its the pressure of eing at home w ith the fans being a support in both ways were they feel more pressure to win then on the road. I really have no idea. But the NYR's are a good team and will get it together on the road and at home, thats no question.I think it may be a comfort level.
Lets not forget this team was very good on the road last year. Yes, there are new faces but the core is still here. They came in the top half of the league in road wins last year. It was the Home games that didnt come until late.
With that said... its SO important to take care of business at home, and they have gotten off on the right foot there.
I really think the Rangers haven't played that badly on the road, outside of the Atlanta game -
Its mostly about timing and big goals. If the Rangers had lit the lamp a few more times at opportune moments, they might have won 2 or 3 of those away games.
Out of the 6 games they've played 4 of them were 1 goal games.
Not to mention the 14 posts they've hit in on the road... but no ones counting -
I think theyll be fine, they just have to break the schnied.